The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s season finale will celebrate life, youth and a season well spent at 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, at First Presbyterian Church. Joining music director and conductor John Morris Russell and the orchestra for a journey of the imagination that includes two rivers of Europe will be Charlie Albright (24), a Gilmore Young Artist, graduate of Harvard College and the New England Conservatory who has been called, “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post.
Maestro Russell will offer a pre-talk about the selected music at 7 p.m. in the church. European rivers are evoked by Bedrich Smetana’s symphonic poem, Vltava (The Moldau), inspired by the river that flows through the Bohemian plain and the city of Prague, and Robert Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony, with its sonic tour of the mighty Rhine. And it was in Dusseldorf, on the Rhine, that Edvard Grieg composed the program’s third offering.
Charlie Albright will join the orchestra for Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor.
This is our chance to enjoy the timelessness of classical music through Albright’s incredibly youthful mastery of it. The New York Times has described his performance as “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity enmeshed with a distinctive musicality.” Like celebrated cellist Yo-Yo-Ma, with whom he has collaborated on five concerts, Albright has been artist in residence at Harvard’s Leverett House. He is currently in the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Juilliard School.
As an official Steinway Artist, Charlie Albright is related by choice of instrument to another very special guest of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra for this finale.
Peter Russet (12) of Greenville is a Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient. His wish was for a Steinway baby grand piano like the one he plays at school. Born with Down syndrome and diagnosed with leukemia in 2011, Peter has been performing Mozart and Bach, among the works of other composers, with teachers at Converse College, for over three years – – with no sheet music.
When Peter came onstage recently to play for the Greenville opening of Carolina Ballet Theatre’s performance of The Nutcracker, supporters of Make-A-Wish Foundation at TD Bank had a ribbon tied around the Steinway baby grand, and Peter was told he’d be taking it home.
Monday evening at First Presbyterian, Peter will perform a short musical
program with four local artists before the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra concert begins. Celebrating Hilton Head Island’s new designation as a Make-A-Wish destination, Peter’s parents and Make-A-Wish Foundation CFO Russell Smith will be there, as well as the Foundation’s local representative, Cindy Wood.
Meet everyone there at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at First Presbyterian Church for a curtain call you will surely never forget. Tickets for the season finale of our treasure, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, are available from the box office at 843-842-2055, or online at www.hhso.org.
Next season, 2013-2014, the 32nd season of Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, will be the first season fully programmed under conductor and music director John Morris Russell. Don’t miss the eclectic, passionate selections. See the new dates and programs at www.hhso.org.